Summary: Jesus reaching out in compassion to help a man who had a desperate need, and when he obeyed, he was made whole.
Let us pray
On last Friday, while attending the camp meeting at Decatur, I received the
news that my former pastor, pastor George Suddeth passed
There are people today who like things just the way they are, and if a change
should take place they would not know what to do. Imagine being sick for 38
years, no rushing to go to work; no rushing to get back from work; no bills to
pay; no meals to cook; no home to take care of, and then suddenly you are
healed from your sickness, what would you do? This new change in life could
confuse you; this new way of living could drive you crazy; because now you
have to go look for a job; now you have to find somewhere to live; now you
have to find a way of providing for your self, and break the habit of lying
around doing nothing.
Please turn with me in your bibles to St. John 5
verses 1 through 16. Let’s all stand and read together. Please tell someone,
There is work to be done.
In our text for today we find Jesus attending a feast in Jerusalem. It is
believed that most of the people who attended the feast "would be God
fearing people and have their minds upon God; therefore, they would be more
prepared for the gospel. By attending the feast it gave Jesus the opportunity to
teach people to be faithful to the worship of God. We are all called upon to
be faithful in our worship of God. How faithful are you in worship of
There are five scenes that are noted in our text. The first scene is in verses 2
through 4 of our text (read verse 2-4) Just imagine for awhile a multitude of
impotent folks lying by a pool. They were not there sun bathing; they were
not there taking a swim; they were there because they had a need. At the
pool, were those who had eyes, but they could not see. At the pool, were
those who had feet, but they could not walk. At the pool, were those who had
ears, but they could not hear. At the pool, were those with withered hands,
deformed feet; bodies that were paralyzed; people who were helpless and
hopeless. Why were they there at the pool? They were there "grasping for
something to help them in their daily lives." These impotent folks found out
that at a certain time each year an angel went down into the pool and trouble
the water, and the first person who stepped in after the water was troubled
would be healed of whatever disease he had. Some might have said, why go
to the doctor, I can just stay here and wait, and there is a chance that I might
get healed, even if it takes 38 years....elaborate.....
Please note very carefully, people are always grasping for something to help
them in their daily lives. Some might look for the supernatural to take place;
some might look for the power in a pool of water; some might look in the
astrology of the stars for guidance; some might look to some magical person
on earth, because people have a need. Men never change regardless of what
time they live. "In their grasp for help in life, they continue to seek
everywhere except in Christ, the Son of God Himself. They hope and put
their faith in everything except Him." The Bible says in Pro-verbs 14 verse
12, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are
the ways of death." You can live however you choose to live, but each of us
will have to give an account to God........elaborate...
The second scene is in verses 5 through 9 of our text. This is a picture of
Jesus, who has the power to meet the needs of the desperate in the world.
There were many impotent folks lying by the pool, but Jesus focus his
attention upon a certain man who was there. This man was lying by the pool
for 38 years, waiting that one day things would get better. Jesus saw the man
lying there, he knew the man’s desperate condition, and he reached out in
compassion to help this man. This man did not ask for help, but when Jesus
sees a need he will reach out to help in that need.
I want somebody to know today, that Jesus knows your condition, and he
wants to reach out to help you in your time of need. What needs do you have
today? Jesus wants to help you. What burdens are you carrying? Jesus wants
to help you.....elaborate...
Jesus saw this man with a need; He saw this man who has been sick for 38